Former Nigeria international, Henry Nwosu has tasked the 23 players picked for the World Cup to justify their inclusion in the team by guiding the country to the crucial stages of the competition.
Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi selected 23 players for the assignment in Brazil without Nnamdi Oduamadi, Ejike Uzoenyi, Daniel Akpeyi, Obinna Nsofor, Joel Obi, Nosa Igiebor and Sunday Mba. But Nwosu, who represented Nigeria on numerous occasions, told Goal that Keshi's wish must be accepted.
Nwosu challenged the dropped the players to fight back in a big way and lay claim to the Eagles' jerseys in subsequent matches after the World Cup but he also cautioned the final 23 not to over-celebrate since they still have the task of convincing Nigerians that Keshi never made errors with their choice for the Mundial.
"What can man do? Keshi has made the list public and we don't have anything to do than to support him. There may be some reservation here and there but the coach believed in these ones.
"It is left for the players to prove doubters wrong at the World Cup. They should with their whole hearts so that the Eagles will soar high in Brazil," Nwosu told Goal.
bThe Eagles are seeking to be the first African team to progress to the semi finals of the World Cup after three countries - Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana - achieved quarter final outings in 1990 (Italy), 2002 ( Japan/ Korea) and 2010 in South Africa.